Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #15

Topic started by No_name_here on Oct. 8, 2010. Last post by Catolf 3 years, 9 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  He's like FMA's answer to Popeye's friend, Wimpy.
 He's like FMA's answer to Popeye's friend, Wimpy.
A little change of place for you lunatics... a Watch & Learn, conducted from a plane!

Maybe I’m jumping to some wild conclusions, but I’ve got a hunch that this episode just might correspond to the beginning of a new volume in the manga. The time jump… the new characters… the new intros and outros… I don’t know, somehow, the clues are just adding up. 

Speaking of the new theme songs, I still prefer the original ones, but maybe these’ll grow on me; maybe the jingles will get stuck in my head. I’m not sure what to make of the panda patrol, either, but those are probably going to be famous last words, won't they? Flash-forward a couple weeks and I’ll have their figurines crowded all over my desk and their scrolls decorating all my walls.

I continue to be a little… befuddled by the setting of this show. Initially, it seemed like they were going for an alternate history with one-to-one analogs. For damn sure, it looked like the alchemical kids were in Austria or one the pre-unification Germanic states. The kids looked German, their names sounded German, their city had German architecture… and, most telling of all, their boss’ title was “fuhrer.”    

Then, some of you insisted that this was supposed to be England, and that didn’t seem right at all. They show their world map in this one and it looks like Conan’s Hyperborean Age by way of the Magical Land of Oz so, after some careful analysis and reasoned hypotheses,  I concluded that this is full-out fantasy. Then...  they introduce all these people of Xing, which is obviously supposed to be China… so I’m just going to give up on trying to figure this out. The creators' mind seem to keep changing, oh so capriciously.

Anyway, the prince’s dilemma in this episode’s actually a pretty interesting one. While they may be going willy nilly about geography, regal succession disputes are something hewn a little closer to reality than the usual neat-and-tidy royal families you usually see in fantasy. I did get a lot of enjoyment out seeing Edward just sock the Lin Yao as soon as they met again. There’s nothing more irritating then somebody who scams out of a bill - - especially if they can damn well afford it.

Watch this episode, "Envoy from the East" below, decide yourself and read my comments on the previous episode here.   

  

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Post by mediaright (75 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Who the hell told you they were supposed to be in England?? I suppose I can guess at why they would say that, but it's a shaky argument to make given the clues they would have had, and you're right: all clues point to a Germanic setting. ...I will say that there probably isn't one single analog, but you're certainly on the right track thinking this is looking a little German. Bares little importance in this particular series, but good to know anyway.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

This is the first I've seen the little girl and prince. The premise of alchehistory is intriguing though and I hope to see more of its use. Obviously the prince is up to something and I can see something going wrong where he either dies or gives up and goes back to Xing. The little girl, on the other hand, just wants to meet Ed and I think that's funny. I can't believe how goofy Barry the Chopper is and how Riza just shoots him and then conducts an interrogation. I can see things being sad next ep if the Elrics get back to Central and find out about Hughes.

Post by FoxxFireArt (2,639 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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The figures and scrolls are stereotypes. I'm a rather passionate fan and advocate of anime/manga series. I don't have a lot of figures. Only figures I have are an Abbey Chase from Danger Girl, one of the bugs from Starship Troopers movie, and Aki Ross from Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. None of them at my desk. No wall scrolls either. The only thing on my desk, other than the computer and peripherals, is a large button that says "Force Field" on it, and when pressed. it plays the Darth Vader theme by John Williams orchestra.
 
I haven't watched this series in particular. I watched the first one. I don't quite get why people are saying this is suppose to be England. The names and the culture are rather predominantly Germanic in nature. The character don't lack for the blond-hair and blue eyes. You also would of thought "Fuhrer" would of confirmed it all. It is a German word.
I never thought this was ever suppose to be an Earth. I always saw this series as a mixture of alternate world/universe using a more post WWI German culture for a source. I sort of call it a "left of reality" series.
Post by SamJaz (11,740 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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You are not only going to love Ling Yao. You will love his ninja's oh so much.
 
All three of them. Motherfucking badasses.
 
Fun typing on a plane, and I am still hyped that you decided to get back on this. I'm surprised you didn't complain about Ling's "Aaaah, I don't speak your language!" dance, but who the hell can?
 
Three more episodes until the show stops messing around and becomes the show of badassery we know and love. Countdown to 18 everybody.
Post by zaldar (1,237 posts) See mini bio Level 15
ah thats right....I had blocked these episodes out.  I am assuming the England bit came from the ending of the first series...as such it has ZERO to do with this one.  It is total fantasy with some things that are familiar but the relationships are completely irrelevant.  Yes three episodes of silliness and moe (though I have to say the young girl with the panda is cute)  and then it gets good again.
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
i don't really think its supposed to be a specific setting, and that the creator just made it up,
 
she clearly BASED Amestris on Germany, Xing on China and Drachma on Russia, but i don't think they're actually supposed to be those countries
 
also, Ling is one of my favorite characters.
Post by Roldan (81 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@mediaright said:
" Who the hell told you they were supposed to be in England?? I suppose I can guess at why they would say that, but it's a shaky argument to make given the clues they would have had, and you're right: all clues point to a Germanic setting. ...I will say that there probably isn't one single analog, but you're certainly on the right track thinking this is looking a little German. Bares little importance in this particular series, but good to know anyway. "
Hiromu Arakawa. England is the prime inspiration for her but you could say she took from every European country but England is the one she mentioned.
Post by Lurkero (399 posts) See mini bio Level 7
FMA is most clearly Eastern European and is based in the Austrian/German area of Europe. The fact that the people of Xing arrive is just acknowledging other cultures in that area of the world. I actually liked that the author did this. The differences between the cultures definitely plays a bigger role later.
Post by ManyThingsIHate (17 posts) See mini bio Level 11
haha...
Post by LordCraven (46 posts) See mini bio Level 8

I remember that on some papers someone is holding in a car (right around when you meet Tucker I think) Its says something about alchemy being developed in England and some other stuff. I dont really remember. 
New OPs always sound iratating at first but they grow on you after awhile...
Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13
I actually really like the Prince, at first he seemed just to be comedic (not that it dosen't have enough in this show as it is) but he seems to be a valuable ally and that boy can fight when it get's down to it.
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